Right now, I’m at the university of michigan for camp. I’ve been here before, and it’s usually been wonderful.
This time, the network/internet setup has been switched to a system wherein you must have a UofM account to get any kind of decent access. My (rather limited) understanding of it is that only port 80 is open to non-UofM accounts - basically what this results in is a rather slow internet, nigh-on impossible downloads of ANYthing, and inability to do anything else online. I realize that restricting access makes it easier for them to keep viruses and nasty things out, but for fuck’s sake, this is a fucking COMPUTER camp. Having decent access doesn’t matter so much for the sports camps (the other kinds of camps that I’ve seen here), but in general, people who come to computer camps are - get this - into computers. We might actually want to fucking USE them for more than email. Gasp! What an amazing thought! </sarcasm>
Part of (rather, a lot of) my irritation has to with the link in my sig. One of my favorite pasttimes, besides browsing around here, is hanging out on the mud. Guess what port is needed to log on? Here’s a hint: it’s not 80.
Furthermore: we had false hopes, yesterday, that upon recieving the temporary UofM accounts for the labs, that these would be good enough to use for the decent access. Apparently, it’s not.
Fuck whoever thought of this. You should be beaten about the head with a monitor. Wait, that’s a waste of a good monitor.
~ponders getting the broken one mailed here from home~ Evil thoughts, evil thoughts…